Attacking Capt. Hosa Okunbo because of a puerile ploy to whittle Pst. Osagie Ize Iyamu Governorship project shall be resisted by Edo patriots and Ancestors Being a press conference held on Saturday, 29th August, 2020, at our Benin City Secretariat.
It has come to the cognizance of Edo Democracy and Heritage Project (EDHP) the incessant bashing of name, personality and integrity of our own very indomitable and illustrious son of Edo soil, Captain, Dr .Hosa Wells Okunbo, a gentle Nigerian business magnate, investor, philanthropist, statesman, humility personified, a trained and accomplished commercial pilot.
The spate of coordinated attacks, with their attendants mode of vicious execution can best be described as the unconscionable actions by hungry attack-dogs and hirelings of no visible means of livelihood. Our forebears admonished us not to rejoice naysayers and political charlatans are tarnishing the image of noble men and women, for tomorrow may be your turn “Amén gbe Ukpafén Iba gha ghóghó, vbe nómarén ghé ógha segbe ogiómwan édé óvbere”
Sequel to the seemingly virulent attacks by the Edo State Government led by the Executive Governor of the State , His excellency Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki against this symbol of industry, and Dove of peace that abhors any form of self aggrandizement and insincerity in his dealings with business associates and the mass of Edo people, let alone the down trodden or the less privileged. We have concluded after a very deep evaluation of the seamless attacks and venomous indignation against this quintessential icon of Edo kingdom, who doesn’t deserve this embarrassing treatment and wouldn’t want to fight dirty either in the public or anywhere else to avenge hurlings by character assassins against his hard earned reputation . Even with the clout and resources at his disposal, but his pedigree will never allow him to deliberately concoct any wrong against our dear State and a sitting Governor, rather all that matters to him and is industry and wealth creation for our teeming unemployed youths, who are eminently deserving of empowerment; as well as resuscitation of Arts, Culture and Tourism dragnets of Edo people, as he has always done, regardless of the unpalatable experience from media urchins whose who seek to massage the ego of their chauvinistic paymasters. “Avbe rhe rhe zóre na avbén óbo” …Sycophants.
“Agha banuaran gbina vb’ adesé éki , Akpa adazé ghi wiri ómwan” He who fights naked in the middle of a market place loses his character and integrity.”
Of course they know Capt. Dr. Hosa Okunbo wouldn’t condescend low to their gutter level to rough himself in the mud of facts distortion, or seek to swim in the ocean of unnecessary attention and sympathy. Let it be established at this juncture without any equivocation or fear of contradiction that Captain, Dr, Hosa Wells Okunbo has always supported the Godwin Obaseki led administration without resorting to aggradisement, but verifiable evidences of actuality since the inception of his administration. Capt. Hosa’s perceived or outright financial support for Pst. Osagie Ize Iyamu gubernatorial election project is legitimate, culturally right and developmentally fundamental to Edo people’s aspirations. To further buttress this postulation, in 2016 on assumption of office, this great son of Edo paid the Governor a courtesy visit to discuss several measures aimed at foreign investments and ultimately making Edo State an investment hub which was cemented by sponsoring the Governor and his team of officials on an investment pathfinders trip to China.
He also recommended and pleaded with the Governor to as a matter of urgency separate governance from politics by appointing an experienced politician to help him bridge and manage the relationship of the political wing of his administration but, to no avail; topically, the Governor replied Caot. Hosa by saying politicians are rouges and he would not patronize or see them in Government house and he wasn’t even interested in second tenure.
Okpia óba (Gentleman) Captain Hosa Okunbo who has always believed in the virtues of hardwork, uncommon service delivery that is anchored on exceptional personal integrity – which are some of the core values he remain totally and irrevocably committed to, was only of recent singled out by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, a painstakingly measured nomination – as its anti-human trafficking Hero of the 2020 International Day Against Human Trafficking – has remained a formidable individual in partnering with the agency by committing personal resources, and invaluable moral support into the fight against illicit deals like human trafficking and illegal migration.
As a stout and robust cultural ambassador who at so many events made it crystal clear that he wasn’t interested in the seat of the Governor of Edo State, he is a global statesman of virtue that has maintained an unquestionably-illustrious life style and status as a worthy industrialist, whose principles of life aren’t limited to honesty, integrity, peace, progress, and support for mankind, but also anchored on the fear of God Almighty – who he confirmed has blessed him beyond his supplications and human comprehension “Agha zurro né, aighi lé N’ekhuaé ….” when you become immeasurably blessed, you no longer shy away from your responsibilities ” hence the singular reason for his philanthropism of inestimable value to mankind.
Conclusively, “One becomes brave where one confronts circumstances of bravery” …( Eke na na vba iwéro, ére ana wéro ) , ” A non poisonous snake is like a mere rope in the hands of children” …Éyén N’émwén Obi keghi ye vb’irri kékan vb’Obó ibiéneka ” we the EDO DEMOCRACY AND HERITAGE PROJECT (EDHP) wish to add our voice as a body communuty development stakeholders to the numerous voices of all well meaning Nigerians and Edo indigenes both at home and diaspora to sternly warn all agents of character assassination involved in the calculated ploy to blackmail Capt. Hosa’s unassailable reputation to desist forthwith or face the full wrath of Edo people and our ancestors. “Ukoki igb’ Akhe di’ uhunmwun ya” . …”The head pad does not break a clay pot and still remain on the head”
God bless Edo kingdom
God bless Federal republic of Nigeria OBA GHATÓ ÓKPÉRÉ……ISÉ .
Omorefe Felix Uhunmwunagho
Edo Democracy and Heritage Project (EDHP)